10/11/2013 | Scherzer, Verlander and Fister round out rotation
Detroit will start Max Scherzer in Game 2 of the American League Championship Series and then Justin Verlander in Game 3 and Doug Fister in Game 4.
10/11/2013 | Coke added to roster to attack Red Sox lefties
With the left-handed bats of the Red Sox looming in the American League Championship Series, the Tigers are hoping that Phil Coke's return can make a difference in their bullpen.
10/11/2013 | Gray, Parker undergo MRIs following Game 5
Less than 24 hours after his team suffered a Game 5 AL Division Series loss to the Tigers for a second straight year, A's manager Bob Melvin sat in his office and went through a laundry list of injury updates. Notably, right-handed starters Sonny Gray (left thumb) and Jarrod Parker (right elbow) were scheduled to undergo MRIs at some point in the day.
10/11/2013 | Lineup breakdown: Dodgers-Cardinals, Game 1
A look at Friday's starting lineups for Game 1 of the National League Championship Series between the Dodgers and the Cardinals.
10/11/2013 | Craig cleared to increase baseball activity
During a visit to foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday, Cardinals first baseman Allen Craig received clearance to increase his baseball activity. That consent keeps open the possibility of Craig being ready to join the Cardinals' roster should the team advance past the Dodgers and into the World Series.
10/11/2013 | Cards open NLCS with Miller, Lynn available in 'pen
Still without an announced Game 4 starter, the Cardinals will open the National League Championship Series with both Lance Lynn and Shelby Miller available out of the bullpen.
10/11/2013 | Axford gets firsthand look at first-class Cards
Six weeks into his tenure, the newest Cardinal still hasn't quite cracked the secret to the franchise's success. But John Axford believes there is something about simply putting on a Cardinals uniform that produces excellence.
10/11/2013 | Ryu to start Game 3 of NLCS, Nolasco to follow
Hyun-Jin Ryu will start Game 3 and Ricky Nolasco Game 4 for the Dodgers in the National League Championship Series against the Cardinals. Clayton Kershaw is set to start Game 2.
10/11/2013 | Hunter confident he'll continue to play after 2014
For those who thought outfielder Torii Hunter might retire when his contract with the Tigers runs out next season, he offered one word: "Nope."
10/11/2013 | Ethier returns to mixed results in loss
Striving to remain resilient, Dodgers center fielder Andre Ethier said as Friday merged into Saturday, "I think the sun will rise tomorrow." It almost did before Game 1 of the National League Championship Series ended, with Ethier and the Dodgers absorbing a 3-2, 13-inning loss that spanned four hours and 47 minutes.
10/11/2013 | Improv's been the word for Sox, Tigers relief corps
Both teams entered Spring Training with concrete ideas of how their relief corps would be structured. Both teams exited Spring Training with that concrete having been bulldozed and pulverized. Both teams had to do serious midseason repaving jobs on top of that. And yet, all of that construction has led to October for the Red Sox and Tigers.
10/11/2013 | Three keys for Tigers vs. Red Sox in ALCS
Beat reporter Jason Beck takes a look at three keys for the Tigers to get past Boston in the American League Championship Series, both from the pitching side and with run support.
10/11/2013 | Three keys for Red Sox against Tigers in ALCS
The Rays were a worthy opponent in the Division Series, but Boston knew them well, and it showed. To beat the Tigers in the Championship Series, the Red Sox will have to come up big against an opponent with which they are far less familiar.
10/11/2013 | Pedroia has become face of Red Sox franchise
Championship teams are composed of dozens of moving parts, with contributions coming from here, there and everywhere, but Dustin Pedroia is the face of the franchise and its best player.
10/11/2013 | In Lester, Red Sox know they have ultimate competitor
Jon Lester is all about making adjustments. Given the Tigers' past success against him, the Boston left-hander might have to make plenty for Game 1 of the ALCS on Saturday.
10/11/2013 | Napoli embodies even-keeled nature of Red Sox
It looked like he had found the brightest part of Fenway Park, but as Mike Napoli quickly realized, abundant sunshine still can feel a bit chilly when you strip off your shirt for a sunbathing session on an autumn New England afternoon.
10/11/2013 | No such thing as too much baseball for '13 Sox
The fabled 2004 team members, with their long hair and loose demeanor, were known as the "Idiots." Perhaps this team will go down as the "Bearded Baseball Junkies." The Sox don't have an "off" switch when it comes to talking baseball, and nobody seems to want one.
10/11/2013 | Carroll declines Minors assignment with KC
Veteran infielder Jamey Carroll's stay with the Royals was a brief one. Carroll elected free agency rather than accept an outright assignment to Kansas City's Triple-A club at Omaha.
10/11/2013 | Piniella not a candidate in managerial search
While Mariners president Chuck Armstrong did talk to former manager Lou Piniella last week about the club's managerial opening, a team official said on Friday that there was no "full-court press" to bring back the former skipper as has been reported.
10/11/2013 | Position breakdown: Tiger arms face tough Boston bats
A highly-anticipated ALCS kicks off Saturday night at Fenway Park. It's a matchup featuring two storied franchises, the team that scored more runs than anybody in baseball against the team with the best starting rotation in the league, and MLB.com broke down the matchup position-by-position.
10/11/2013 | Kershaw receives his second Spahn Award
As his Dodgers prepared to open the National League Championship Series against the Cardinals on Friday, left-hander Clayton Kershaw was announced as the recipient of the 2013 Warren Spahn Award.
10/11/2013 | Nationals yet to conduct interviews for managerial job
The Nationals are still in the early stages of looking for a manager to replace Davey Johnson, who retired after the 2013 season. According to multiple sources, the team has yet interview candidates.
10/11/2013 | Mariners own bright pitching star in Iwakuma
In a season of inconsistencies for the Mariners, rock-steady right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma turned out to be the best and brightest surprise of 2013.
10/11/2013 | Dombrowski built Tigers with eye on the prize
This being a bottom-line business and all, Detroit Tigers president Dave Dombrowski understands he needs a championship to truly validate all his good work in Detroit.
10/11/2013 | Davis, West among umpires for ALCS, NLCS
Major League Baseball announced on Friday the umpire crews that will work the field during the National League and American League Championship Series. Two veteran umps with three decades of experience -- Gerry Davis and Joe West -- will serve as the crew chiefs in the ALCS and NLCS.
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